Mardi Gras is a fun time for kids, adults alike

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mardi Gras is a fun time of year.  There are parades, beads, moonpies and balls.  A lot of the activities are great for children.

Fox10 News spoke with a local carnival expert to get the low-down on doing Mardi Gras kid-style!

Judi Gulledge, the executive director of the Mobile Carnival Association, says Mardi Gras has been a tradition in her family for years.  She says the best thing parents can do is focus on the magic of it all.

“A parade actually tells a story and i think all children actually love story books” says Gulledge.  “So, telling them about the theme of the parade before you get to the parade and then bringing that to light. It’s also very entertaining while they are waiting for the parade to start to rehash that and to talk about that.”

There are some things parents could do to make sure the experience goes smoothly and it starts with parking.  It is always best to park as close as possible.  Our little ones can get pretty tired walking blocks and blocks.  Gulledge recommends parking in well-let, family friendly areas like the garage next to Riverview Plaza or the Mobile Civic Center lot.

It’s also important to make sure children know the rules of Mardi Gras especially stay behind the barricades.  If you go to one spot for all the parades, it’s a good idea to know the police officer at your location.  Gulledge says often times the same officer is at the same location for the whole Mardi Gras season.  It’s fun to get to know the officers and, if they know your kids that could really help if there is a problem.

For more Mardi Gras safety tips, click here.  You can also learn the history of the Mardi Gras in Mobile at the Mobile Carnival Museum.  For more information on the museum, click here.

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